Over 500 detained in protests across Belarus

2020 2020-10-26T12:32:56+0300 2020-10-26T12:32:56+0300 en http://spring96.org/files/images/sources/akcija25102020.jpg The Human Rights Center “Viasna” The Human Rights Center “Viasna”
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Protest in Minsk on October 25, 2020. Photo: svaboda.org

Protest in Minsk on October 25, 2020. Photo: svaboda.org

Over 500 protesters were detained in some twenty demonstrations held yesterday in various parts of Belarus, including 160 persons in Minsk, the Interior Ministry said. 350 persons will stand administrative trials, it added.

Meanwhile, Viasna’s database features some 300 names.

The Minsk protest was the biggest demonstration in weeks. Peaceful protesters were again met with excessive violence on the part of the police, who indiscriminately used rubbers bullets and stun grenades to disperse unarmed people. At least two persons were reportedly injured as a result of direct use of non-lethal weapons.

Protester detained on October 25, 2020. Photo: ria.ru
Protester detained on October 25, 2020. Photo: ria.ru

Similar protests were held in Brest, Viciebsk, Lida, Hrodna, Navapolack and other cities. In Lida, police used tear gas. In Hrodna and Navapolack, the police used unmotivated violence to detain dozens of protesters.

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